Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Balasore, Jan 2:
Intermediate range ballistic missile Agni-IV was test-fired from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast today.
The user trail of the nuclear capable missile was conducted at 11.50 am from a mobile launcher, sources said. This is sixth test of the missile and second user associate launch.
Designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Agni-IV is 20 metres long and weighs 17 tonnes.
It has the capacity to carry one-tonne nuclear warhead over a distance of 4,000 km.
The missile is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies, that includes indigenously developed ring laser gyro and composite rocket motor. It is a two-stage missile powered by solid propellant.
Its re-entry heat shield is capable of withstanding high temperatures that may reach as high as 4,000 degree Celsius and above during re-entry of missile in earth’s atmosphere and makes sure that the avionics function normally, with inside temperature remaining less than 50 degree Celsius.
Agni-IV has undergone one failed and five successful tests over the course of five years.